TORONTO — The island of Saint Lucia is making its entry requirements more seamless with a new online Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) form that allows for the electronic processing of travellers.
Replacing the previous written form, the new ED form provides real-time information to Immigration, Customs and Port Health. According to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, it will significantly reduce the processing time of arriving passengers.
Completion of the online ED form is applicable only to air travel and is not a requirement for boarding. However, passengers should submit the form prior to arrival in Saint Lucia for faster processing. If the form has not been completed by the time a passenger arrives in Saint Lucia, the written form – provided by the airline or in country – will be required.
The written form will be phased out as of April 12, 2023.
The process of submitting the ED form is a simple four-step process:
- Visit https://www.stlucia.org/en/entry/
- Complete and submit the ED form
- Receive a QR code be email
- Present the QR code (on a device like a phone, laptop, tablet, etc, or a printed copy) and travel document (ie. passport) to officials upon arrival
“We continuously strive to secure our borders and provide quality service to travellers at our points of entry while protecting the safety and security of our nationals, visitors and business associates with a reliable immigration system,” said Sean Alexander, Assistant Superintendent in Charge of the Department of Immigration.
The ED form has already been tested at the George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU) and Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) with overwhelmingly positive feedback from executing agencies. For more information on travel to Saint Lucia go to www.stlucia.org.